Tag Archives: Dependents

2013 & 2014 Quick Resources

Today TaxMama® hears from Pope in the TaxQuips Forum, with a request.  “Could you publish a table showing 2013 & 2014 standard tax items. Things like standard deductions; personal exemptions; mileage rates (business, medical, charity); income limits– phaseout of itemized deductions; etc.?”

Supporting Family

Today TaxMama® hears from Sue in the Tax Quips Forum with this issue. “My parents are both unemployed and lived with me all year. My dad did receive unemployment, but it was about $3,300 for the entire year – my mom did not receive any unemployment. My younger sisters also lived with me – they […]

20 Children or 2?

Today TaxMama® hears from BlueSage in the TaxQuips Forum with this question. “Is it better to declare 20 children and then store the tax one would pay in an investment account, and use that money to pay taxes at year end? Or is it better to declare the right amount of children, pay as you […]

Splitting the Dependency Exemption

Today TaxMama hears from Suzan in California with is bewildered. “Someone sent me an email stating that they were told by H&R Block that divorced couples can split their children’s dependency exemption based on a new ruling for 2009. That the exemption can be split six months for Mom and six months for Dad. I’ve […]

Qualifying Person for HOH

Today TaxMama hears from Orla in Colorado. “I have a friend who has provided full support for his girl friend who is unemployed, and her daughter who is 18 and in high school. They both have lived with him for the full year. He should be able to file head of household but can he […]

Claiming my Parents

Today TaxMama hears from April in California, who’s done some research. “I’d like to include my parents as qualifying dependents on my 2009 personal tax return (single). My father has been out of luck in the job market since late 2008, and has been collecting unemployment insurance. Their interest income plus unemployment would be over […]

Dependents and Re-Marrying

Today TaxMama hears from Denise in NJ, who wants to know. “If a couple gets a divorce, and the woman gets to take the children as dependents in lieu of alimony, what happens if she remarries and does not hold a job any longer? Can she file jointly with her new husband and still use […]

99 Dependents

Today TaxMama hears from Bob in Plainfield, IL who tells us, “I am married filing jointly. My wife stays at home with our 3 children. I currently claim 12 allowances on my W-4 and still get money back at tax time. TurboTax recommended I increase my W-4 allowances to 99 and increase my 403(b) contributions […]

I am my Own Dependent

Today Kelly from college wants to know, “If a parent claims a child as a dependent on their taxes, is that parent legally required to support the child financially, in any way? And what is the legal definition of a dependent? I’m a college student and my parents claim me on their taxes, but refuse […]